On 2nd February, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) celebrated the arrival of three new Ship-to-Shore (STS) container cranes at the East Container Terminal (ECT), marking a significant milestone in the port’s ongoing modernization efforts.
The cranes, delivered by the ZHEN HUA 24 Heavy Load Carrier, represent a key component of a larger US$282 million investment that includes a total of 12 STS cranes, 40 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes (ARMG), and 30 Straddle Carriers.
The new STS cranes boast impressive specifications, including a 72-meter outreach capable of handling 26 TEU containers across and a maximum lifting capacity of 75 tonnes. These advanced machines are designed to significantly increase container handling speeds and reduce turnaround times for vessels calling at the ECT.
The investment in new equipment is part of the SLPA’s broader strategic plan to expand and modernize Colombo Port infrastructure. The new cranes are expected to contribute to increased cargo throughput, improved service quality, and enhanced competitiveness in the regional maritime industry.